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THE LAST UXIVEESALIST
given shortly after tlie publication of Poincare's 'unfinished
symphony' by a young American mathematician, George
David Biikhoff (1884r-1944.).
In the spring of 1912 Poincare fell ill again and underwent a
second operation on 9 July. The operation was successful, but
on 17 July he died very suddenly from an embolism while
dressing. He was in the fifty-ninth year of his age and at the
height of his poTvers - 4the living brain of the rational sciences",
in the words of Fainlev&